NEW YORK (AP) - Federal authorities in New York say the former Orange County operator of a water system in the town of Deerpark has admitted violating clean water laws.
Federal officials said in a release Monday that the Painted Apron Water Company Inc. agreed to settle a lawsuit citing violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said the deal approved by a judge Monday will ensure residents of the Painted Apron community will have access to clean water. A lawsuit said the company had ignored repeated efforts by regulators to force compliance with water laws while the company subjected customers to boil-water notices for years.
The deal also requires all records be turned over to new operators and that the previous ownership never operate a public water system again.
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